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25+ Cybersecurity Scholarships for Graduate and Undergraduate Students2019-10-10T22:24:21+00:00

25+ Cybersecurity Scholarships for Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Are you looking for a challenging and fulfilling career? How about a career where the demand for qualified professionals is expected to increase dramatically in the coming years?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for information security analysts is expected to rise 28% between 2016 and 2026, with an expected 28,500 new information security jobs added to the workforce in that time. As of 2018, the average pay for an information security analyst was $98,350.

The first step toward pursuing a career in cybersecurity is to get a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field. Because of the increasing demand for this type of IT professional, there are plenty of scholarships to help you pay for your education. Find out how you can better compete for cybersecurity scholarships, and which scholarships are available for students pursuing a career in cybersecurity.

How to Compete for Cybersecurity Scholarships

There are a few sure-fire ways to stand out from your competition when application season comes around. 

When writing your application essays, make sure you follow the instructions carefully and address all parts of the essay prompt. Use this opportunity to tell admissions counselors your story. No matter what the essay question is asking you, tie your answer back to your essential story: What sparked your interest in this field? Lastly, always double check your writing and run a spell check before submission.

If you don’t already have letters of recommendation ready to go, ask your mentors and professors for them early. It’s not fair to ask someone to write a letter for you in a day or two. When someone agrees to write a letter for you, let them know a little about the program or scholarship you’re applying for, and tell them when you need to receive a letter from them. 

If you’re worried that your resume isn’t strong enough to get you where you want to go, volunteering is a fantastic way to level-up your overall experience. High school and college campuses offer a multitude of ways to get involved and build your reputation for philanthropy and leadership.

Other Ways to Pay for a Cybersecurity Degree

While scholarships can be a great way to reduce the cost of a degree, scholarship programs are competitive and not everyone who applies will receive an award. You should have an alternative plan in place if the cost of school is a concern.

Some employers offer college tuition benefits or loan repayment programs for their employees. If you have a job, ask your HR representative whether your company offers programs like these. Alternatively, you could seek employment with a company you know offers tuition assistance.

If you’re worried about juggling a job and college, consider an online cybersecurity program. Many online cybersecurity programs provide many students with the freedom and flexibility they need to continue working while pursuing their degrees. Working while attending classes helps offset the cost of going back to school later.

Cybersecurity Scholarships for Graduate and Undergraduate Students

To help you find a cybersecurity scholarship you qualify for, we gathered 30 of the best scholarships in one place. Learn more about scholarships for undergraduate, graduate, female, and underrepresented students in the list below. 

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service

The SFS Program assists qualified cybersecurity students attending participating institutions to complete their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral program. SFS students gain hands-on experience, participate in competitions, and pursue professional development opportunities. A summer internship is required.

Award Amount: Up to $25,000 per year for undergraduate students and $34,000 per year for graduate students, plus an additional $6,000 professional allowance.

Graduate/Undergraduate: Both, plus Doctoral

Eligibility Requirements: To apply, you must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident. Applicants must also be full-time students within three years of completing a cybersecurity degree or doctoral program. Students who are attending an SFS Community College Cyber Pilot (C3P) awardee school’s cybersecurity program and already have a bachelor’s degree, or are a U.S. veteran may also apply. There may be additional school-specific eligibility requirements.

Application Details: Check the list of participating institutions and contact your school’s representative for application instructions.

Apply or Get More Info: Check out the program’s FAQs for more information.

Department of Defense SMART Scholarship

SMART Scholars pursue degrees in STEM fields that are in high demand at the Department of Defense. The program covers full tuition, stipends, health insurance, book allowances, and summer internships. Upon graduation, students work in civilian positions with their sponsoring facilities.

Award Amount: Varies

Graduate/Undergraduate: Both, plus Doctoral

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be at least 18 years old, and a citizen of the U.S,, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. Applicants must also be willing to complete a summer internship at a DoD facility and to work for the DoD upon degree completion. Lastly, applicants must be currently enrolled at an accredited school in an approved undergraduate or graduate STEM program.

Application Details: The application is rigorous and requires ACT/SAT scores for undergraduate applicants and GRE scores for graduate applicants. Applicants must also submit statements about their leadership, teamwork, and volunteering experience, as well as their areas of interest and professional goals.

Apply or Get More Info: You can find complete application instructions here.

Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS) Program Scholarship

SWSIS provides financial assistance to women pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in information security. The program’s long-term goal is to increase the representation of women in the information security field. 

Award Amount: Up to $10,000

Graduate/Undergraduate: Both

Eligibility Requirements: Women studying information security may apply for the scholarship in their third or fourth year as an undergraduate, or during their graduate studies. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled at a U.S. campus may apply.

Application Details: Applications must include an essay explaining their interest in information security, plus their transcripts, resume, letters of reference, and university and class status.

Apply or Get More Info: Check out the program’s FAQ page for more information.

Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarships

The Center for Cyber Safety and Education’s (ISC) scholarship program eases the financial burden for women pursuing information security undergraduate degrees. Up to 20 scholarships are awarded each year.

Award Amount: Up to $5,000

Graduate/Undergraduate: Undergraduate

Eligibility Requirements: Women pursuing a degree in cybersecurity or information assurance may apply. A minimum GPA of 3.3 is required. Full- and part-time students are welcome to apply. Students attending American or international schools may apply.

Application Details: Applicants must submit their most recent transcript, a letter of recommendation, resume, and an application essay.

Apply or Get More Info: Learn more and start your application here.

Graduate Cybersecurity Scholarship

The Center for Cyber Safety and Education’s (ISC) graduate scholarship program eases the financial burden for graduate students pursuing information security graduate and postdoctoral degrees. There is no citizenship requirement, and students from online and traditional campuses are welcome to apply.

Award Amount: $1,000 – $5,000

Graduate/Undergraduate: Graduate

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must plan to pursue, or be working on a cybersecurity or information assurance graduate or doctoral degree. Applicants must also have at least a 3.5 GPA.

Application Details: Applications require transcripts, a letter of recommendation, resume, and essay.

Apply or Get More Info: Start your application here.

Undergraduate Cybersecurity Scholarship

The Center for Cyber Safety and Education’s (ISC) undergraduate scholarship program eases the financial burden for undergrad students pursuing information security degrees. Up to 20 scholarships will be awarded. 

Award Amount: Up to $5,000

Graduate/Undergraduate: Undergraduate

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be pursuing or plan to pursue an undergraduate degree in cybersecurity or information assurance. The applicant must have at least a 3.3 GPA. There is no citizenship requirement, and students from online and traditional campuses are welcome to apply.

Application Details: Transcripts, resume, a letter of recommendation, and an essay are required.

Apply or Get More Info: Begin the application process here.

Deputy Scholarship for Women in Technology

Deputy awards one scholarship per semester to one female student pursuing a degree in an IT-related field. This scholarship is intended to help fill the gender gap that exists in the field of technology.

Award Amount: $1,000

Graduate/Undergraduate: Both

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled full-time at an accredited American university. The applicant must also have at least a 3.0 GPA and be pursuing a degree in an IT-related and approved field of study.

Application Details: An online application form is required.

Apply or Get More Info: Apply for this scholarship here.

ESET Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship

The ESET scholarship is intended to encourage more women to pursue careers in cybersecurity. Women will bring more diverse perspectives to the future of technology, and ESET is excited to be a part of that growth. Three scholarships are awarded each year.

Award Amount: $5,000

Graduate/Undergraduate: Both

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be registered or enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited American university. The student must have at least a 3.0 GPA and must be a U.S. citizen.

Application Details: An official application, transcripts, and a letter of recommendation are required.

Apply or Get More Info: Visit this page for more application instructions and to download the application form PDF.

ISSA Education Foundation Scholarships

ISSAEF scholarships promote scholarship in the field of information security. The award alleviates the financial burden for students preparing to start careers in cybersecurity.

Award Amount: $2,000 – $3,500

Graduate/Undergraduate: Both

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an information security-related program at an accredited university.

Application Details: Applications are evaluated on several criteria, including volunteerism, security-related work experience, and a personal letter. Undergraduate applicants must also have at least a 2.5 GPA; graduate students must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Apply or Get More Info: Request an invitation to apply here.

Palantir Women in Technology Scholarship

The Palantir Women in Technology scholarship supports women pursuing careers in computer science, engineering, and other technical studies. Ten recipients are chosen each year, and the program includes a paid developmental workshop in Palo Alto.

Award Amount: $7,000

Graduate/Undergraduate: Undergraduate

Apply or Get More Info: Apply here.

Women in Defense HORIZONS Scholarship

The HORIZONS Scholarship encourages women to pursue careers in national security, which can encompass scholars who earn degrees in law, engineering, math, public policy, and more. HORIZONS recipients are expected to report on the impact the award has on their personal and professional life.

Award Amount: Varies

Graduate/Undergraduate: Both

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants are U.S. citizens enrolled at an accredited university; full-time and part-time students are welcome to apply. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in a national security career, as well as financial need. The minimum GPA is 3.25. Past award recipients are welcome to apply again.

Application Details: Selection is based on academic achievement, financial need, recommendations, field of study, participation in national security activities, and statement of objective essay.

Apply or Get More Info: Visit the scholarship page for more information.

Raytheon’s Women’s Cyber Security Scholarship

The Raytheon Women’s Cyber Security Scholarship aims to develop global cyber talent by easing the financial burden of college. Up to two scholarships are awarded each year to women who participated in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

Award Amount: $10,000, plus one exam voucher and test preparation package, and internship opportunities

Graduate/Undergraduate: Both

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be American citizens pursuing a cybersecurity or information security degree. Applicants must be past participants of at least one National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

Application Details: Transcripts, letter of recommendation, resume, and a statement of purpose are required.

Apply or Get More Info: Go here for more scholarship information.

Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) Scholarships

AFIO scholarships are three different awards granted to students pursuing degrees preparing them for careers in the United States Intelligence Community. When applicants submit their materials, they can indicate which of the three awards they want to be considered for. However, each recipient can only receive one of the three scholarships.

Award Amount: $1,000 – $3,500

Graduate/Undergraduate: Both

Eligibility Requirements: Undergraduate applicants must be entering their third or fourth year of college in the fall of the award year. Graduate applicants can apply no later than their second year of graduate study. All applications are evaluated based on merit, academic commitment, character, and national security career ambitions and study relevance. All applicants must be U.S. citizens studying at regionally-accredited colleges.

Application Details: Applications must include a cover letter, resume, transcripts, recommendation letter, a recent photograph, which scholarships are of interest, and what school the student will be attending.

Apply or Get More Info: Email application questions to scholarships@afio.com.

Ralph W. Shrader Graduate Diversity Scholarship

The Ralph W. Shrader Graduate Diversity Scholarship encourages more women and minority students to pursue STEM-related graduate degrees by offering financial assistance to qualified applicants.

Award Amount: $3,000

Graduate/Undergraduate: Graduate

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be women or minority students who are American citizens enrolled full-time in a graduate program at an accredited institution. In addition, applicants must be enrolled in their second semester with at least a 3.5 GPA.

Application Details: Online application, official transcripts, resume, and at least two letters of recommendation are required.

Apply or Get More Info: Check the list of qualifying STEM majors to ensure that you qualify.

Dotcom-Monitor Women in Computing Scholarship

Dotcom-Monitor encourages female undergraduate students to pursue careers in computing. The Women in Computing Scholarship supports women in their scientific education as they work toward achieving their career goals.

Award Amount: $1,000

Graduate/Undergraduate: Undergraduate

Eligibility Requirements: Women enrolled full-time at accredited American or Canadian colleges or universities are welcome to apply.

Application Details: The application must be completed online. Prepare to submit transcripts and three essay responses.

Apply or Get More Info: Learn more about the scholarship here.

Morphisec’s Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship

The Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship was established to increase representation of women in cybersecurity. Morphisec is committed to supporting young women as they explore future careers in cyber-related fields.

Award Amount: $1,000 – $5,000

Graduate/Undergraduate: Both

Eligibility Requirements: Women pursuing cybersecurity-related degrees at accredited institutions are welcome to apply. Applicants must also be citizens or permanent legal residents of the United States, Israel, or a EU-member country.

Application Details: Applications are evaluated based on a cyber challenge, GPA, academic program relevance, and an essay.

Apply or Get More Info: Visit this page for more information.

Microsoft STEM Scholarship Program

Microsoft awards STEM scholarships to students pursuing degrees in computer science and other related STEM fields. The program encourages underrepresented student groups to enter computing and science careers. The application process prioritizes leadership work in promoting diversity in STEM programs and careers.

Graduate/Undergraduate: Undergraduate

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be a full-time student at a four-year institution in Canada, the U.S., or Mexico. The applicant must have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, or a 4.0 on a 5.0 scale. 

Apply or Get More Info: Check out the program’s FAQ list for more information.

SAIC CyberWarrior Scholarship

The CyberWarrior Scholarship encourages returning military veterans to pursue cybersecurity careers via certification and training scholarships.

Award Amount: Recipients will receive a package that includes one (ISC)² certification exam voucher, a textbook, a study guide, practice tests, and seminar (online seminars are available; travel and lodging are not included for in-person seminars).

Graduate/Undergraduate: Both

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be honorably discharged from the United States Military, including the National Guard and Reserves.

Application Details: A resume and three essay questions are required to apply; a letter of recommendation is optional.

Apply or Get More Info: Email scholarships@isc2.org with any scholarship-related questions.

NCWIT Collegiate Award

Qualcomm and Palo Alto Networks sponsor the NCWIT Collegiate Award each year. This program recognizes outstanding computing contributions made by undergraduate and graduate women. Scholarships are awarded to students who have made outstanding technical contributions to projects with a high level of innovation and potential impact on the world.

Award Amount: $2,500 – $10,000; winners also receive a trip to the NCWIT Summit on Women and IT and an engraved award.

Graduate/Undergraduate: Both

Eligibility Requirements: Female high school graduates who are part of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community are welcome to apply. Applicants must be enrolled in a computer science or a related program at an NCWIT Academic Alliance member school. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a social security number, and must be at least 18 years old at the time scholarships are awarded.

Application Details: An online application is required.

Apply or Get More Info: Check out the online applicant guide for more information.

AFCEA Cyber Security Scholarship

AFCEA offers three different undergraduate STEM scholarship programs. The Cyber Security Scholarship encourages all interested applicants to pursue their goal of achieving a career in cyber security. The award is restricted to tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for courses in the field of computing and cyber security.

Award Amount: $5,000

Graduate/Undergraduate: Undergraduate

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be at least second-year students at a four-year college or university. A minimum GPA of 3.0 and full-time enrollment are required. Check the list of eligible cyber security-related majors to ensure that you are qualified for this award.

Application Details: Transcripts, at least two letters of recommendation, two short answer responses, and an online application are required.

Apply or Get More Info: Mail-in instructions and more details can be found here.

NCFTA Cyber-Scholars Scholarship Program

To help avoid a shortage of cybersecurity experts in the future, NCFTA works with strategic partners to offer the Cyber-Scholars Scholarship Program. Their goal is to encourage the brightest talent to develop strong defenses against cyber criminals.

Award Amount: $1,000

Graduate/Undergraduate: Both

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled at an accredited American university with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Application Details: Transcript, resume, proof of U.S. citizenship, a letter of reference, and a personal statement are required.

Apply or Get More Info: Check out the scholarship page for more application information.

Infosec Cybersecurity Scholarship Program

It’s no secret that America is facing a growing shortage of cybersecurity professionals. The Infosec Cybersecurity Scholarship Program was established to encourage more talented candidates to pursue careers in cyber security. Partnering with the Computer Technology Industry Association has allowed the program to expand to offer 12 scholarships per year.

Award Amount: Varies

Graduate/Undergraduate: Both

Eligibility Requirements: Varies by scholarship program.

Application Details: Download the application PDF for full details.

Apply or Get More Info: The application can be found here.

Stronger International Technology Scholarships

Stronger International believes in strengthening the technical knowledge and capabilities of our computerized world. Technical training is critical to a safe and thriving future, but finances can hold back bright candidates. The Stronger International Technology Scholarships are intended to encourage underrepresented candidates to pursue degrees and careers in technology.

Award Amount: $300 – $10,000

Graduate/Undergraduate: Both

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be currently employed in an IT role or enrolled full-time at an accredited 4-year college or university. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Application Details: A completed application form and an essay response are required to apply.

Apply or Get More Info: Learn more and download the application form here.

Central Intelligence Agency Undergraduate Scholarship Program

This need-based program offers students a unique experience as a full-time student and summer employee with the Central Intelligence Agency. Engineering, IT, finance, and foreign languages are just a few majors that are represented in this real-world job experience.

Award Amount: Up to $18,000 per year, plus work salary and many other perks.

Graduate/Undergraduate: Undergraduate

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. citizens willing to relocate to Washington, D.C. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, demonstrate financial need, meet specific test score requirements, pursuing a degree at a 4-year college or university, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and be available to work at least two 90-day summer tours and willing to work for the CIA upon graduation. 

Application Details: A thorough online application is required. Those who make it past the first review round will submit to medical and psychological exams, a background investigation, and a polygraph interview.

Apply or Get More Info: Visit the scholarship’s website for complete application instructions and all required documents.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) 

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and math-related disciplines pursuing research-based advanced degrees. In addition to financial assistance, fellows receive opportunities for international research, professional development, and freedom to conduct their research at the American institution of their choice.

Award Amount: $34,000 annual stipend plus $12,000 cost of education allowance, for three years

Graduate/Undergraduate: Graduate

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. citizens pursuing a research-based STEM degree field at an accredited institution. 

Application Details: Competition for the GRFP fellowships is rigorous. The application package covers personal information, a personal statement that details research experience and interests, graduate research statement, transcripts, and three letters of reference.

Apply or Get More Info: Visit www.nsfgrfp.org for full application instructions.

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